2018 Emmy nominations predictions: Best drama supporting actor contenders
As the nominations period comes to an end, EW’s team of experts and critics have compiled a list of the top contenders for the 2018 Emmy Awards.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Game of Thrones (HBO)
He should have died. Coster-Waldau's Jaimie Lanister was already walking into a battle one-handed but add dragons into the mix and he was at a major disadvantage. Still — much to the glee of fans — Jaimie cheated death and lived to fight another day for his sister, his lover, his sister, his lover...
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones (HBO)
Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is notorious for drinking and knowing things. Well, so is the EW staff, and we say that the actor's work on season 7 of his epic drama — as Tyrion finagled his way to the side of yet another powerful ruler — is more than worthy of Emmy attention.
Joseph Fiennes - The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
In Handmaid’s second season, Fiennes makes Commander Waterford more unsettling — and dangerous — than ever before (and on this show, that’s saying something). The soft-spoken demeanor he keeps as he wields his Gilead-given power over the series' female characters makes him an especially chilling antagonist – one you desperately want to see brought down.
David Harbour - Stranger Things (Netflix)
Harbour spent most of season 1 as the steeley local police chief hellbent on protecting his town. But in season 2 we got to see the softer side of Chief Jim Hopper as he became a much-needed father figure to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Justin Hartley - This Is Us (NBC)
Hartley excelled in season 2 of his family drama as once-charmed Kevin descended into addiction and tore at seams never fully stitched after his father's death.
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland (Showtime)
Last year, Patinkin recieved his thir nomination for playing CIA man Saul. This season, fans were enthralled watching his character put personal feelings aside (yet again) for the benefit of the country — plus he took on Russian medling in the American government, so hows that for a timely arc seven seasons in.